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09 August 2018

Niger floods leave twenty-two dead and thousands homeless.

Authorities say twenty-two people are dead and thousands have been left homeless in Niger after torrential rains caused heavy flooding.

Niger’s minister for humanitarian action, Laouan Magadji, says the floods have destroyed more than three thousand homes and nearly four thousand hectares of crops.

According to him, livestock has been lost and drinking water supplies have been affected.

He said the southern regions of Maradi and Diffa were among the worst hit, and some two thousand people in the capital, Niamey, have been left homeless after heavy rains earlier this week.

He said the government and charities had distributed food, clothing and mosquito nets to those in need.

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